Monday, 14 September 2015

Chili harvest

I have been gathering my garden harvests as summer is nearly at a close. We have enjoyed lots of runner beans and tomatoes. I also love growing chilies, they are such pretty plants and my Hb and I like using chilies in some of our dinners.The fruits dry brilliantly and my harvest last year lasted right up until this May.

I buy them by mail order as plugs and grow them on indoors until June when I put them out onto my sunny west facing patio. This was them being potted on in early summer.

One of our favourite meals is choritzo with butter beans, mushrooms and tomatoes, a recipe my daughter came up with when she was at medical school. We had a few lovely warm days last week to enjoy some late sunshine and with this dinner I decided to try the last new Pimm's I saw in the supermarket. This time it is not the usual base, which lemonade is added to, but a cider base. It really is a lovely mix.

So this is a photo of probably one of our last evening meals in the garden this year. We are able to eat lunch outside from March til October but by 7pm now it's too dark and chilly.

 There is nothing like freshly picked chillies added to this meal.

My challenge piece today is a tag and was inspired by the colours of that late summer dinner and golden leaves of my little pot acer in the sunshine.

I made an inky and stencilled background
and created this
Lots of autumnal colours on my leaves and a mist of gold ink. I added little gems to represent dew drops and the spider was a fun charm I recently added to my charms stash. I edged the whole of the tag with gold embossing powder.

I would like to enter my tag into the following challenges

Frilly and Funkie stamps be gone
Our creative corner shades of autumn
Crafty Catz autumn colours
Creative Inspirations Vintage
Natalie and Amy Charming
Pixie's snippets playground 194 I have used snippets of card to make my leaves with from my snippets box. They were left over from my Spell book as was the spider'sweb die cut.
The craft barn stencils and masks I have used Tim's shatter and gothic stencils
We love to create anything goes mixed media 19
Mixed media world anything goes with autumn colours
Crafting from the heart anything goes
Artistic Inpsirations anything goes/twist of magic

I have take a day's annual leave today so after finishing my usual bits indoors I plan some time in my studio. What a great start to the week, no Monday morning blues here!  Enjoy yours and thanks for visiting today.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. Deliciously hot and spicy post Jane!

    Absolutely LOVING the autumnal tag you've created.

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

  2. Beautiful Autumn tag there Jane! It's a real piece of art.

    I was fascinated by your chillies, we've also grown them but never the purple variety, first time I've seen those in fact!

    Many thanks for the advice about keeping moving, I do find I seize up if am not mobile as much as possible - and am taking painkillers as you advised. It's true though, at times I leave it until the pain has really kicked in hard again - it's never completely under control anyhow. The doc. gave me 10 Diazapam pills which am resisting taking - so many scary tales about that drug!


    Di xx

  3. How cool is that?
    Growing your own Chilies! Brilliant!
    I love that tag and you've managed to capture the colors of the end of summer so beautifully!
    I can't believe the summer is drawing to a close. Luckily, we have the Indian Summer to enjoy here in the midwest. I suppose that's the trade-off for having no real spring.
    Thanks Jane~

  4. I enjoyed seeing your peppers, your yummy meal and your garden dinner. Yes, it looks like Autumn is here. Time to get a pumpkin or two! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  5. Hi Jane,

    A wonderful post, I do love your garden and the tag you made is beautiful. Hope all is going well with your dog sitting and Billy?

    Love & hUgs

    Jacquie J xxx

  6. lovely warm colors and the gems a s dewdrops is cleverly found.

  7. fabulous tag! and lovely to see the pics of your garden.
    hugs, annie x

  8. A lovely tag creation! It was nice to see around your garden and your chilli's too :)
    Thanks for playing in this week's challenge of Vintage over at Creative Inspirations! xxx

  9. Wow, Jane! What a great post and I love your tag! A superb use of snippets!

  10. Lovely fall tag. thanks for sharing with Crafting from the Heart!

  11. Hi Jane! Initially lured by the colorful chills you harvested from your garden, I had to linger when you brought out the Pimm's and dished such a delightful meal. You put an especially creative spin on the event with your beautiful tag being served as "dessert." Such a lovely intro to autumn! :o)

  12. Beautiful tag. Thanks for sharing it with us this week at Crafty Catz. Naomi x

  13. Love the pictures of your chilli harvest and chilli plants too...and your meal looks delicious. The tag is perfect for this season, full of autumn atmosphere :)
    Helen xox

  14. Perfect Autumnal feel for our MMW challenge, fab tag
    Donna DT xx

  15. What a fun tag!! Thank you for joining in The Craft Barn Challenge.
    Jane x

  16. Hi Jane, Hope you're enjoying your homegrown peppers and Pimm's. I just have the Number 1 variety here in my cupboard. Would love to try the strawberry(?) and/ or cider cup.
    Safe travels....

    Anne and all xxx

  17. Lovely chillies! A beautiful tag with a gorgeous background. Thanks for joining us again at Our Creative Corner. Julia x

  18. This is just lovely, thanks for joining us at Mixed Media World! xx


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